What if we could live with the AI assistant made of the sythetic neuron?



"Bio intelligence Aura" SHOW

SEPTEMBER 2017


The University of Tokyo Institute of Industrial Science and Technology (IIS) and the Royal College of Art of England (RCA) jointly formed the world's most advanced design lab in Tokyo. I participated as a IIS collaborator who connects technology and creative to the project. Specifically, I had a role as an idea maker, exhibition space designer, and interactive system designer. At this time we collaborate with the University of Tokyo's Ikeuchi laboratory doing research of artificial brain nerve cell cultivation. We got the idea from this research and thought about the future of "bio artificial intelligence" made from biomaterials, which is a substitute for computer chips. Bio-artificial intelligence has merits that it can handle more complicated data and it is a biodegradable material while suppressing energy consumption compared to conventional chips.

We proposed "AURA" as a concept product that monitors the health of people using bio-artificial intelligence. In organizing exhibitions and symposiums, most of the visitors were assumed to be unfamiliar with research on brain neurons and experiments. We made the exhibition space composition based on that, and produced interactive supplemental contents to support visitor's understanding.

I created image tope content so that visitors can understand intuitively the experiments conducted in the research of brain neurons.

The visitor stands at the footprint mark, and keeps his / her hand against the head in accordance with the indication of "Touch Your Head" which flashes with the letters "Neuron Firing Demo". When the left hand is held up, the sphere imitating the group of nerve cells on the left first emits light, and the sphere on the right side next emits light through the structure simulating the axon. Hold the right hand and the other way around. The experiencing person is immersed in the feeling of conducting experiments of electric stimulation information transmission of artificially generated brain neurons performed on the preparation in his own brain. There are other non-interactive music video modes, you can just appreciate.




What I did

  • Design Research
  • Interaction Design
  • Interaction Engineering
  • Skill

  • TouchDesigner

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    Project credit

    RCA-IIS Tokyo Design Lab

    Project Credits:

    RCA-IIS Tokyo Design Lab PROFESSOR
    Miles Pennington

    IIS PROFESSOR
    Yoshiho Ikeuchi
    Shunji Yamanaka

    PROJECT MANAGEMENT
    Charlotte Furet
    Jun Kamei

    PROJECT COLLABORATOR
    Ikeuchi Lab

    RCA TEAM
    Tessa Ohm
    Nat Martin
    James Batstone
    Ben Moffatt
    Christian Felsner

    IIS U-tokyo TEAM
    Kota Isobe
    Shion Asada
    Yui Nakanishi
    Yamato Iizuka
    Guo Xinyu
    Eujin Lee
    Katsuki Nakagawa